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Holistic Planning

A. Introducing permaculture
B. Living nature
C. Design
D. Growing food
E. Built environment and resource use
F. Social permaculture
Holistic planning (HP):

Theme  Topic  Sub Topic Age HP Details
Connections Patterns Learn about the different patterns which exist in nature (spiral, branching etc.).
Connections Patterns See fractals (e.g. in a cauliflower, ferns).
Connections Patterns See the same pattern in different natural systems (e.g. the branching pattern is in trees, rivers, leaves and lungs), try using a magnifying glass to observe closely.
Connections Patterns See the patterns within the large scale (e.g. stars, weather or ocean currents), to give us a sense of place and develop a sense of awe.
Connections Patterns Find different patterns in several different systems: (e.g. spirals in rivers: flowers: snails, also spirals, scatter, wave, net, lobe) and try to work out the function of that pattern (e.g. branching for collection and distribution, spirals for growth).
Connections Patterns Create colour print from plants (e.g. through hapa zome) to see the patterns within leaves and flowers.
Connections Patterns Connect to a pattern in nature, and express it through any art form (dance, draw, paint).
Connections Patterns Make music together, e.g. each person goes into nature to 'capture' a sound (e.g. hitting 2 sticks together, slapping water, mimicking the sound of a bird). Return to a circle. Going around the circle each person individually presents their sound. One person takes the role of conductor and points at someone to make their sound, keep the rhythm going whilst different sounds are added and taken away.
Connections Patterns Learn about fractal forms that you meet in your everyday life, e.g. spiral in sunflower, cauliflower, ferns.
Connections Patterns Find out about the permaculture principle 'Design from Pattern to Details' through examining a tree and it's leaf. Discuss how nature uses patterns and why.
Connections Patterns Explore patterns in daily, solar, seasonal and lunar cycles, and make a connection with how we all live within cycles large and small and their impact on us.
Connections Seeing the whole picture See the woods and the trees (literally, climb a hill to see the woods, compare with being inside the woods).
Connections Seeing the whole picture See an example of how one small thing can affect the whole system (such as the reintroduction of beavers).
Connections Seeing the whole picture Make a mask of a local animal or plant and become that being for a while - how does it feel? How is it affected by humans? What could people learn from you?
Connections Seeing the whole picture Take a local issue of environmental degradation (e.g. illegal dumping of waste, trees which are going to be cut down), find out all the causes and effects of that one issue, decide on an action to help stop the degradation (e.g. write letters, make a display at school, make a petition). Act on behalf of nature.
Connections Seeing the whole picture Find ways to express how you are connected to nature - through poetry, singing, dancing, painting, or another form of creative expression.
Connections Seeing the whole picture Learn that humans are a part of nature, embedded in nature and dependent upon nature.
Connections Seeing the whole picture Explore the many benefits which people gain from nature: such as the air being cleaned by trees, crops pollinated by insects etc. (Educators can read about 'ecosystem services' for more information)
Design Maintenance: looking after your creation Show gratitude to people who have helped with the project by inviting them to the site and offering a gift of the children's choosing (e.g. herbal tea from the garden).
Design Maintenance: looking after your creation Create own rituals about working together.

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